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Heirlooms is a collection of short prose works written and edited while attending Creighton University’s MFA program. The pieces range in length—some less than one hundred words, none longer than a few pages—and each, the author hopes, participates in one concept of inheritance or another. What is important to these stories, snapshots, lists and anecdotes is what people are left with and where they are left: the things physical and otherwise that linger with us after moments of change, the places emotional, fiscal, and spiritual in which we’re deposited. These works look to the ends and the aftermaths of day-to-day life, and to the periphery. Burden or boon (or something wholly outside that false dichotomy), the moments depicted herein seek the minutia of life, offering it to readers for appreciation and wonder. Inspired by the work of writers like Stuart Dybek and Lydia Davis, the author hopes these pieces’ brevity is in service of that minutia. Heirlooms often take the shape of trinkets, delicate and precise, valuable beyond their size and more important than any amount of money. The author hopes these flashes or prose feel like heirlooms themselves, that their essential smallness speaks beyond the confines of the page, echoing with readers in the way our various inheritances tend to.
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